While in Italy on a group tour, our tour director managed to get us in to see the ancient San Marcos Ruins in Stabiae. At that time it was closed to the public during that time, so we were very lucky to be able to see it.
What an incredible place it was! Villas were filled with many gorgeous frescoes, tall columns, ceilings, marble tiled floors, etc. In addition, These ruins defied all odds, since it’s still very much intact after being buried by the volcano eruption of Mount Vesuvius (see below), and rediscovered in the 1700’s, forgotten and then rediscovered again in the mid 1900’s. It had been in the process of excavating for many, many years. The views of the Bay of Naples were simply spectacular!
On our way out, one of the ladies on our tour stopped to talk with a local gentleman farmer. He so enjoyed seeing her that he gave her this gift of flowers! This was a candid shot and showed the absolute beauty of two people from two different worlds, sharing words and affection!
This photograph was shot with a Canon 40D, equipped with a 18-200mm lens in Stabiae, Italy.
The most famous of the findings at Stabiae are the villas that come from the time between the destruction of Stabiae by Sulla in 89 BC and the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.7 As described above, Stabiae became a resort town during this time and was particularly favored for its view of the Bay of Naples and the surrounding mountains.2 Stabiae was also well known for the quality of its spring water, which was believed to have medicinal properties.6 The ideal placement and qualities of this location drew many wealthy Romans to build luxurious villas on the ridge overlooking the bay. These villas, which are described below, provide us with some of the most stunning architectural and artistic remains from Roman villas. 2004 saw an Italian-American collaboration between the Superintendency of Archaeology of Pompeii, the region of Campania and the University of Maryland to form the non-profit Archaeological entity, the Restoring Ancient Stabiae Foundation (RAS). It is the RAS Foundation’s prime goal to excavate, restore and build an archaeological park at the ancient site of Stabiae, a complex of seven or eight Roman villas according to recent geophysical surveys conducted by the University of Birmingham.
A great many artifacts which come from Stabiae are preserved in the Naples National Archaeological Museum.